voter suppression

State legislators rallying in D.C. urge Congress to act on voting rights

BY: - August 3, 2021

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senate Democrats joined with dozens of state legislators at a rally outside the U.S. Capitol Tuesday afternoon, demanding that the Senate skip August recess and pass critical voting rights legislation in reaction to Republican-led states that have adopted restrictive voting laws. Dozens of legislators from North Carolina, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Texas, among others, […]

Klobuchar: U.S. Senate Dems ‘very close’ to a deal on revised voting rights bill

BY: - July 30, 2021

WASHINGTON—Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Thursday that lawmakers attempting to negotiate a compromise elections overhaul bill are “very close to an agreement” on legislation, as Democrats struggle to respond to restrictive voting laws passed in Republican-led states. Klobuchar, the chairwoman of the Senate Rules & Administration Committee, has been meeting with other Senate Democrats about […]

‘The Big Lie is just that, a big lie’: In Philly, Biden calls for concerted effort to fight assaults on voting rights

BY: and - July 13, 2021

PHILADELPHIA —Returning to the state that handed him the White House, President Joe Biden made a passionate plea Tuesday for Americans to rise up and protect their voting rights from a series of restrictive measures pushed by Republicans in Washington and in state capitols nationwide. “It’s up to all of us to protect that right – […]

Republicans push back against federal approval for changes in state voting laws

BY: - June 29, 2021

WASHINGTON—Republicans during a U.S. House Judiciary panel hearing on Tuesday argued that a bill that would reinstate a preclearance section of the 1965 Voting Rights Act is unnecessary because there is no discrimination in voting. The top Republican on the panel, Rep. Mike Johnson, (R-La.), said that the legislation is not needed and that the […]

DeSantis enacts law reforming FL elections; opponents sue, and citizens will face voting hurdles

BY: - May 6, 2021

In a sweeping voting reform law enacted Thursday by Gov. Ron DeSantis, Floridians will see far less access to vote-by-mail drop boxes, fewer people able to help voters return their mail-in ballots, and restrictions at the polls on giving food or even water to a voter, unless an election worker provides the sustenance. Those are […]

FL Legislature approves GOP voting reforms; critics call for governor to veto

BY: - April 29, 2021

The GOP-controlled Florida Legislature Thursday evening approved a package of election reforms that critics say are not needed following a widely commended 2020 election, but which proponents say will ensure election integrity. Voting rights and civil rights advocates, Democratic lawmakers and elections supervisors denounced the legislation as voter suppression. The controversial bill, which passed 77 […]

Election reforms — or voter suppression bills — forge ahead despite widespread opposition

BY: - April 26, 2021

Election reforms that proponents say make a great system better — but which critics call targeted voter suppression – passed the Republican-controlled Florida Senate Monday over strenuous Democratic objections. A similar but different version of the reform package is still pending in the House of Representatives. To become law, the two must be made identical […]

FL faith leaders call on lawmakers to address racial disparities: ‘We are in the battle for the soul of this country’

BY: - April 14, 2021

Faith leaders from across the state warned Wednesday that pending legislation in the Florida Legislature will threaten the lives of minorities and likely increase racial disparities. Members of the Florida Council of Churches cited myriad concerns about curtailing voting rights and the freedom to protest, and curbing equal access to health care for low-income families, […]

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FL veterans’ group urges defeat of SB 90 voter suppression bill

BY: - April 13, 2021

Pioneer Floridians had a saying that rings true about Florida politics today. To paraphrase, “Your life, liberty, and property are at risk when the Florida Legislature is in session.” And this year’s Legislature puts Floridians’ rights at risk more than most. A fundamental right is threatened, your voting rights. Specifically, the Republican-controlled Legislature is set […]

Lawmakers from FL Black Caucus call on big corporations to join fight over GOP’s ‘oppressive’ voting measures

BY: - April 6, 2021

A coalition of Black lawmakers in Florida denounced efforts to restrict voting rights across the nation and called on big corporations to join the fight against what they call attempts by Republicans to suppress the vote. The Florida Legislative Black Caucus issued a press release Monday, saying those voting restriction bills sponsored by Republican members […]

Voter suppression: FL voting rights groups want corporations to follow denouncements with action

BY: - April 2, 2021

Voting-rights advocates in Florida took heart this week from powerful public statements issued by giant corporations condemning efforts to restrict voting in nearly every state in the nation. But they want the corporations to follow up with concrete actions that put down what the advocates call a national wave of voter-suppression efforts. “In terms of […]

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FL’s 2021 legislative session: A smelly storm of Bad Ideas

BY: - February 23, 2021

It’s that time of year, dear readers, when the Florida Legislature gets ready to descend upon Tallahassee like a flock of incontinent pigeons. The 2021 Session will be a smelly storm of Bad Ideas, the likes of which you haven’t seen since Rick Scott, last seen on the U.S. Senate floor coloring in a blank […]